Wednesday, 12 May 2021

The Royal Air Force gives a Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter a new paint job

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Royal Air Force Odiham is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Chinook helicopter entering RAF Service with a commemorative new colour scheme.

The new colour scheme was unveiled today as the aircraft departed RAF Odiham, the home of the Chinook Force, on a routine training flight. On board was the paint scheme designer and current Chinook pilot Flight Lieutenant Andy Donovan of 27 Squadron, RAF Odiham.

“It has been a great privilege to rejuvenate special liveries on the Chinook Force over the past five years. For a short time, this aircraft will be the centrepiece around which 40 years of incredible stories can be told. I am personally very proud to be associated with the Chinook and the professionalism displayed by all who contribute to getting this incredible aircraft into the air, wherever it may be needed.”

Flight Lieutenant Andy Donovan
27 Squadron pilot

The commemorative paint scheme was applied during regular scheduled routine maintenance at no additional cost. The design has taken two years of groundwork and engineering preparation before entering the paint bay at RAF Odiham. A dedicated team from Serco have worked over several weeks to apply the special commemorative livery.
Photo Royal Air Force / Crown copyright 


The Boeing CH-47 Chinook Helicopter entered RAF service on the 22nd November 1980. Throughout its 40 years of service the Chinook has made an immeasurable contribution to the Service, supporting communities across the UK and operating in every major conflict since the Falklands War.

Air Vice-Marshal Nigel Colman, Commander Joint Helicopter Command said: “For most of its time in Service, the RAF Chinook has been part of the Joint Helicopter Command where its incredible capability has been in great demand, both at home and overseas. All those involved with Chinook operations, both past and present, should take great pride in what they have achieved. The Chinook will continue to be a familiar sight and sound in the years ahead and we all look forward to the next chapter in the Chinook’s illustrious history.”

The newly painted aircraft, ZD984, has re-entered 27 Squadron’s fleet at RAF Odiham and will resume essential routine training for operations in the UK and overseas. The painted Chinook will support the RAF Chinook Display Team’s season and commemorative events throughout 2021.
Photo Royal Air Force / Crown copyright 

Photo Royal Air Force / Crown copyright 

Photo Royal Air Force / Crown copyright 

Photo Royal Air Force / Crown copyright 




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